Very solid match from Roger here against his doubles partner Wawrinka. He'll now face Kei Nishikori in the final after he took out Djokovic in 3 sets, Djokovic had the match within sights but Nishikori found a way back into it, took the second set on a tie break and then served up a bagel in the third. Surprising really but the Djokovic run had to come to an end at some point.
Back to the Fed – Wawrinka match, as usual you could tell from the first few points Roger was going to have a good day, he moved very well and mixed up shots quite well early including an exquisite drop shot in game 3 that left Stan no chance. He then hit a crazy return in game 4 which lead to him breaking to lead 4-1. Stan was having to cover a lot of ground which he couldn't afford to do, for Stan to have any chance of beating Roger he has to dictate play with this backhand (which visually is one of the best shots to watch in the game) but consistency wise it's not the best.
Roger was returning extremely well, Stans serve is actually pretty big but Fed was eating it up, he moved into a 5-3 lead and was serving for the set when momentum changed. Wawrinka hit the shot of the match with an awesome backhand up the line, and when Roger hit a forehand long he broke back.
Stan held to make it 5-5 and then reached 30-30 on Rogers serve, but a perfect body serve from Roger helped him hold and lead 6-5. The set went to the tie break, Stan won the first point and got the mini break after a very well constructed point. Roger upped his level in the breaker from there on though, he broke straight back and moved to a 5-1 lead, Stan won the next 3 points to take it to 5-4 but Roger prevailed in the breaker 7-5.
Second Set – Ownage from Federer
After Stan had shown signs of getting back into the match, the tie break loss clearly effected him mentally, he was broken immediately at the start of the 2nd set and smashed a racket in the process which just shows why Federer owns him on the tennis court.
He had a chance at 30-30 in game 4 to break back but missed a simple overhead, and as soon as Roger secured the double break to lead 5-2 after Wawrinka overcooked a dropshot, the writing was on the wall.
Roger served it out with consumate ease, showed some good sportsmanship when the umpire incorrectly called 40-15 after Stan had fallen over, but Roger missed the backhand which the umpire missed. Overall, it was a very solid match.
Federer vs. Wawrinka Match Stats
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve
Break Points Converted
28 of 37 = 76%
13 of 25 = 52%
3 of 5 = 60%
Predictions vs. Nishikori in the Final
I can't see Roger losing this one, these 2 have never played before, but from Rogers post match interview he said they have practiced together quite a bit so I'm sure he fully knows what to expect against him. I haven't see a lot of Nishikori play, but I think his style probably suits Rogers game. The hometown crowd giving Fed support is only going to help the Swiss so I go for a 6-2 6-4 victory. Allez les Suisse!